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Harvard Votes Challenge

Harvard Kennedy School Meets 90% Student Participation Goal in Harvard Votes Challenge

October 24, 2018

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced today that over 90 percent of all eligible Harvard Kennedy School students have committed to registering to vote as part of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a university-wide campaign to build a stronger culture of voting among Harvard students.

The Ash Center, which helped coordinate the Kennedy School’s participation in the Harvard Votes Challenge, worked with teams of students across the...

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Ash Center Introduces 2018-19 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 1, 2018
Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— six technology and digital leaders from around the country committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows have demonstrated a deep passion for using technology to strengthen our democracy through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and...
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Ash Center Report Makes Key Policy Recommendations for Cities Grappling with Data Analytics

July 30, 2018
Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper capturing lessons learned from a variety of municipal-level data analytics projects to help cities better understand how data- and tech-enabled innovations are aiding urban governance.
 
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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Second Class of Mayors Go Back to School

July 25, 2018

New York, NY – The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced the second class of forty mayors from around the world who will participate in the yearlong education and professional development program designed exclusively for mayors. The forty mayors joined Harvard faculty and renowned management experts in New York City this week for a 3-day, immersive classroom experience and convening to kick-off the program.

Innovations in American Government Awards

Ash Center Announces Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award

July 23, 2018

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the finalists for the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award. Seven programs, listed below, will compete for a $50,000 grand prize this fall in Cambridge.... Read more about Ash Center Announces Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award

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Ash Center Launches New Repository of Government Data Visualizations & Maps

April 24, 2018

Cambridge, MA - Data-Smart City Solutions, a program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today launched a searchable public database comprising cutting-edge examples of public sector data use. The "Solutions Search" indexes interactive maps and visualizations, spanning civic issue areas such as transportation, public health,...

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Jane Mansbridge

Jane Mansbridge Awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

April 6, 2018

Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor in Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard Kennedy School, has been named winner of the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, the Skytte Foundation announced Friday (April 6). The Skytte Foundation cited Mansbridge’s influence in enhancing “our understanding of democracy in its direct and representative forms.”... Read more about Jane Mansbridge Awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and Taubman Center Name Martin O’Malley as Visiting Fellow

February 7, 2018

Cambridge, MAHarvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government have named former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley as a shared Visiting Fellow for 2018. While at the Kennedy School, O’Malley will engage with students, faculty, staff, and current elected leaders on issues relating to the challenges and opportunities of public service in state and local government.... Read more about Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and Taubman Center Name Martin O’Malley as Visiting Fellow

Ash Rated Among Top University-Affiliated Think Tanks

February 6, 2018

Cambridge, MA—Three Harvard Kennedy School research centers are cited as among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world.

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Center for International Development (CID) are among those named in the latest edition of the “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” produced annually for the past decade by James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute.... Read more about Ash Rated Among Top University-Affiliated Think Tanks